Kangaroo: A portrait of an extraordinary marsupial

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Allen & Unwin, 2010 - Nature - 338 pages
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Like the Sydney Opera House or Uluru, the kangaroo is a unique symbol of Australia. This is the remarkable story of our most famous marsupial, from its ancient origins and prehistoric significance to current-day management and conservation.

Marsupial specialists Stephen Jackson and Karl Vernes examine our sustained fascination with kangaroos-spanning 40,000 years-that allows these engaging marsupials to be instantly recognised by people the world over. The amazing diversity of this group of animals is revealed, ranging from tiny forest dwellers and tree kangaroos to large majestic animals living on the open plains of central Australia and the giant kangaroos that once roamed the Pleistocene landscape. The authors also investigate the natural history of kangaroos - their unique reproduction methods, intriguing behaviour, varied diet and trademark hopping abilit - all of which make them such fascinating animals.
 

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Contents

The Evolution of Macropods
1
Indigenous Peoples and the Kangaroo
22
Early European Observations
45
Kangaroo Reproduction
81
Macropod Behaviour
104
Kangaroo Diet
120
Locomotion in the Kangaroo
136
Hunting a National Icon
152
Saving Australias Macropods
242
Conclusion
259
Appendix 1
262
Appendix 2
268
Endnotes
272
Citations for Illustrations and Tables
328
Index
333
Back cover
339

Ethnotramps and Public Fascination
191
The Disappearance of Australias Macropods
216

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Stephen Jackson and Karl Vernes are specialists in Australian marsupials. Stephen is the author of "Koala".

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